SHBG Blood test measures the levels of SHBG in your blood. SHBG is a protein that’s produced by the Liver; it binds tightly to the hormones Testosterone, DHT (dihydrotestosterone) & Oestradiol and Oestrogen and transports them in the blood in an inactive form.
SHBG can also affect your Underactive or Overactive Thyroid, Liver diseases, obesity and anticonvulsant drugs.
SHBG in Men, is used to look for testosterone deficiency and for Women, it is investigate excess
production of testosterone.
In women, small amounts of testosterone are produced by the ovaries and the Adrenal Glands. Slight increases in testosterone production can disrupt the balance of hormones, causing symptoms such as the absence or suppression of menstrual periods, Infertility increase hair affecting the face, thighs, chest and abdomen.
These symptoms are often seen by women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) This disorder is probably the most common hormonal abnormality.
SHBG and testosterone levels may be used on Men to help discover the cause of Infertility or if a man has a decreased sex drive.
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